Posted: October 22nd, 2012 |
Author: Chad Howse |
Filed under: Be Legendary
Tags: chad howse, how to be a real man, How to Be Successful, how to be successful man, persistence, real man, recipe for success |
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There exists an ingredient that will bring a man success in anything he seeks. His only limitations are those he places upon himself – his imagination, his capacity to dream, his capability to work. It’s an ingredient needed to build six pack abs, to construct the body of an Adonis, or to make millions.
It’s an ingredient that each of us has the capacity to possess and to use. It’s a talent we’re born with, but also one we can cultivate. It’s a weapon that the 1% know, understand, and revere, while the 99% are afraid to wield. The 99% are too weak to use it. Those that obide by this law, this ingredient, must be strong. They may be insane, even irrational, but they possess courage. Those that fail to adhere to this principle may be more sane, they are also weaker, they are the pussy, the coward, the snitch.
Each of us has both within us. On some level we can all be a coward, and we can all be a warrior. But we can only be one, in the end. What we are will be determined not in a moment, but in the culmination of every moment in our lives. Our actions determine the man we are to be, and the success we will acheive.
“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.” ~ Calvin Coolidge
When I write about the successful, I’m not only talking about those successful in business – or in the eyes of societ – but the father who had the balls not to cheat on his wife, to be there for his kids, loving both every day, persistently. I’m talking about the mother who did everything for her kids to make sure they grew up to be good people.
I’m talking about the writer, the actor, the garbage man, the painter, the warrior who wasn’t just a warrior for a day, but every day of his or her life. Refusing to quit. Failing not to fail, but to crumble and quit after each failure presents itself in her life. Success isn’t an act, it’s a habit. If it were an act, lottery winners would be seen as successful, but they aren’t, they’re seen as someone with a horseshoe up their ass, nothing more. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: July 17th, 2012 |
Author: Chad Howse |
Filed under: Be Legendary, Manliness
Tags: greatness, how a man becomes successful, How to Be Successful, how to become great, how to become successful, Manliness, michael jordan success, mike tyson success, recipe for success |
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Michael Jordan was born to play basketball. Wayne Gretzky was born to be a great hockey player. Babe Ruth was blessed with the gift of hitting a baseball further then anyone else.
These are the cop-out statements that give the “genetically gifted” and talented a birthright for greatness. It’s also an easy way to explain the average man’s lack of genius and success.
They’re also completely bullshit. In this article we’ll look at how practice, not talent, is the reason for “genius” in any field. How by having one goal, and focusing on it and nothing else, “average” men and women acheive the status of the men above.
I’m sure you’ve heard it before in Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers, or maybe in Geoff Colvin’s Talent is Overrated, or Matthew Syed’s Bounce. Each book explains with science, that talent isn’t the determining factor in greatness. No one is “born” to do anything. Even child prodigies reach their early success because of practice and repetition of a skill they’re so passionate about that nothing else exists.
By focusing on one skill – or having a singular goal – we too, can become great at something. The obstacle: time. We can’t choose a direction in life, work hard, then become successful. It has to be an obsession. We have to put our one goal at the forefront of our minds. Nothing else exists but our obsession. And the time we put into developing our skill and CREATING our talent, is hefty,
This article isn’t a motivational article. It isn’t one that gives the “average guy” hope. This isn’t an opinion piece, but one grounded in fact.
The goal of this article is to rid us of our greatest excuse: a lack of talent. If you want something, the only way to get it is with hours upon hours of practice and hard work. An obsessive, relentless pursuit of excellence is the recipe for success. This is precisely why so few create greatness in any field. We change our focuses in life. We quit after failing. We lose motivation. The passion we have for our dream is lost. Our fire dies.
If you knew that you could master something if you put 10,000 hours of practice, or 1,000 hours a year for 10 years, would you?
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